Refugee Week Festival 2024

Refugee Week Festival 2024

This year's Refugee Week Festival will bring music and arts from around the world, showcasing the work of highly acclaimed, UK based refugee and migrant artists, from: DR Congo, Haiti, Iran, Kurdistan, Sudan, Peru, Ukraine, plus special international guests from Zimbabwe.  Also events by our partners and colleagues across the city.

Friday 14th June

Refugee Week Prayer 

Start Time 1.30-3pm (no appointment needed)

St. Martins in the Bull Ring, Birmingham B5 5BB

Event organised by Oasis Church

Saturday 15th June

Refugees Welcome Marchnull

Meet at Moseley Exchange B13 8JP

Start time:11am

Walking in solidarity with refugees to Mac

Event organised by Restore, Asylum Matters and RMC

Celebrating Sanctuary in Partnership with Mac

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Saturday 15th June 

Refugee Week Takeover at Mac

Time: - 12-6.30pm

Activities for all the family!

12-1pm – Hexagon Theatre – Refugee Week Launch event

  • Presentations, spoken word and music

1.10 – 3.25 - Outdoor Arena  

  • Live music from around the world featuring Kausary from Peru

3.30-4.30pm -  Hexagon Theatre

  • Film, spoken word and music

4.30 – 6.30pm – Outdoor Arena

  • Headline acts featuring Zirak Hamad & Daholl Kurdish Band

Plus information stalls, arts and crafts and workshops

For more information on the artists performing click here link 

Thursday 20th  June

Late Night Exchange: World Refugee Day

The Exchange: 3 Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2DR

6.30-8pm

nullThis special Late event marks World Refugee Day to learn more about the experience of refugees, honour the contributions that refugees have made to their communities and advocate for the rights and protection of refugees worldwide.

  • Live music from Birmingham-based Congolese singer, songwriter Didier Kisala.
  • Photographs captured by Birch Network service users, showcasing their unique perspective of the city.
  • Members of Stories of Hope and Home will share their lived experiences as people seeking sanctuary.
  • BOSA (‘barefoot’ in Croatian), a gentle immersive performance and audio experience exploring the rituals of settling in.

In partnership with Celebrating Sanctuary Birmingham, Birmingham Community Hosting Network (BIRCH), Stories of Hope and Home, and Notnow Collective.

For more information click here 

Friday 21st June

Refugee Week Prayer

1.30-3pm (no appointment needed)

St. Martins in the Bull Ring, Birmingham B5 5BB

Event organised by Oasis Church

Celebrating Sanctuary in Partnership with Erdington Arts

Friday 21st June

Erdington Evening of Creativity at Oikos Cafe

6.30 – 9pm - £5 entry (Free for refugees and other eligible parties)

nullThe Evening of Creativity once again welcomes Refugee Week through the doors of Oikos Cafe in Erdington - Birmingham's longest running consistent music night (never missed a month in 7 years!) prides itself on supporting the community with music, art, poetry and pizza. The night will be livestreamed via the Active Arts Castle Vale YouTube channel

Performances include:

Karolina Wegrzyn & Baback Aria

Stories of Hope and Home 

Look out for updates on more great acts performing

For more information on the artists performing click here

Celebrating Sanctuary in Partnership with B:Music

Saturday 22nd June

Refugee Week Takeover at Symphony Hall

Jennifer Blackwell Space - 2-5.30pm

  • Ava (Anglo-Persian duo)
  • Birmingham Passage Trio - Germa Adam, Xhosa Cole & Azizi Cole
  • Black Umfolosi – Visiting artists from Zimbabwe

Plus information stalls, arts and crafts

For more information on the artists performing click here 

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Supported by Arts Council England.